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Silly Sally

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Dance a jig with a silly pig. Play leapfrog with a silly dog. And that's just the beginning of all the fun! Come along and join Silly Sally and her outrageous friends as they parade into town in a most unusual way. "Exploding with whimsy, humor, and zest. . . . Be prepared to read this one a thousand times!"--Booklist (starred review)
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 15th 1992 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Aug 28, 2008 Matt rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers
Recommended to Matt by: My daughters
Shelves: childrens, humor
It isn't my favorite children's book, but this one gets extra stars for the look of joy my kids have on their faces when it's read to them. Clearly, this is humor that three year olds can appreciate. Also, as I've discovered time and time again, the best children's art has a depth to it which encourages the young viewer to be drawn into it and find hidden little details. So, even if you don't get anything from the book directly, definately recommended to all parents of 2-3 year olds for what you...more
“Silly Sally” is another new installment from none other than favorite children’s book writer, Audrey Wood. This book details a silly woman’s attempts to get to town while walking backwards and upside down while meeting new and loony friends along the way. Audrey Wood’s rhyming proses and hilarious illustrations are sure to please many children over and over again.

Audrey Wood’s colorful and silly illustrations are the true highlights of this story. Silly Sally is an odd sight to see as her hair...more
Melissa Long
This fun book is set up in a portrait/vertical format because the images within the story tend to be long and tall. The illustrations in the book are very bright and colorful which give a happy and upbeat mood to the book. Although the text of the story is more formal, the bolder print gives it a more fun and interesting look as well as enables the reader to give their undivided attention to the images on the page. For the most part, the text is incorporated within the images,without the use of...more
Samantha Friedman
Wow! I remember this book from my childhood! I picked it up because of the bright yellows, purples and blues on the cover and started reading it, going, "I know this book!" I love the watercolor done in this book. Even the end pages are a bright blue and the title pages are great. The text is bold and centered either at the top of the bottom of the page which allows you to look at the entire illustration or Sally doing whatever you just read she was doing. I like how when she goes to town you it...more
Brittaney Reed
Wood, A. (1992) . Silly sally. Florida: Harcourt Inc.

"Silly Sally” by Audrey Wood is funny story about a silly woman's attempt to get into town. She walks backwards and upside down all while meeting people along the way. Sally's silly antics with her friends and how they get into town will surely make you laugh. This story is humerous and a little outrageous , but a definitely good read for younger children. Sally herself is depicted with crazy red orange hair and her friends are just as unusal....more
Becky Cook
Silly Sally went to town walking backwards upside down! Along the way she met a...

As a preschool teacher I love this book. Not only because of the rhythm and rhyme but also because the illustrations tell what comes next in the story. Predictable books are very important for young children and this book is exactly what I tell parents to read to their children. After story time expect your child to "read" the story using the illustrations to assist them in storytelling.
Tonia Holloway
This is one of the fun books that could be used and read at anytime. I love rhyming books like this because it allows the kids to join in with the repeated phrases and catch onto the simple repetitiveness of the storyline. I would put this book in a area, such as the listening center so they could work on following along with the story.
This book is very catchy just by looking at the front page. The colorful illustration is a great way to keep the childrens attention. Children would find this book funny because of the animals mimicking everything Silly Sally does.
Maggie Ward
Silly Sally goes into down and meets all sorts of animals as she walks upside down and acts generally "silly". This book is absolutely hilarious and has a sing-song rhythm to it that is sure to increase the interest of young children. I would love to read this book at a circle time and could even supplement reading the book with the children acting out parts of the book. At the end of the book, Sally and all the animals she meets get to town. I would use this book as a supplement for my bookshel...more
Kelly Van Pelt
I have always loved this book. It brings back to first grade when it was in our lit book. All the animals doing silly things with Sally are so cute.
Olugbemisola Ogutuga
Silly Sally is about a girl who likes to walk backwards and upside down all the way into town.It is a good rhyming book
I just reviewed this book for a literature class I am taking. Even though it is not a Mother Goose it is like a Mother Goose. Mother Goose is a dying breed I believe so it is really nice to find there are writers who continue the tradition. This is the rhyming story of a goofy lass named Silly Sally. She does not work on her feet like normal people. Instead she walks on her hands. On her way to town, she meets several animals. She inspires them to walk like like. At one point, she and the animal...more
Stephanie Allred
"Silly Sally," by Audrey Wood is a perfect book for young or beginning readers. All of the text is quite simple and the rhyming words make it an easy book to read through. The illustrations take the readers on a journey with Sally as she is heading into town. One thing that is interesting to note about the illustrations is how they are organized. On the pages where Sally is progressing to the town, there is a full bleed spread, which makes it seems like the readers are travelling with her to tow...more
Anjanette Avila
I really like this book. I thinks it's a fun book. It made me want to go to the park and do kart wheels. I love how the different animals join her in her quest to go to town. I love how they each do thier own thing. I love how they take a nap in the book, because reading about all that topsy turing, made me want to go to sleep myself. I think this book would capture any child's attention. It's very colorful, and full of fun vocabulary.

Audrey Wood is a children's author. She currently resides in...more
Diana Manzo
I enjoyed the rhyme scheme of this book and think that most children would too. It develops a pattern so that they can get comfortable reading certain words and keep practicing them. The images are bright and fun to look at. They enhance the text and the story line as well. There were few borders and most of the pages were fully drawn on. It was an interesting story line and her completing her mission to the town wrapped the book up perfectly.
Paula Heller
This is a great book for young children who love to be silly. This story teaches children independence, and how to be themselves. The book is filled with rhyming words, and it also teaches the concept of movement.

L.E. Ideas:
Seriation of Animals (animals that Sally meet)
-Puzzle Pieces that tell a story
Movement & Rhyming Activities (words in a hat)
Simon Says (using prepositions)
Kim Young
Silly Sally is a fun filled story about Silly Sally who makes her way into town, doing some pretty outrageous things with the animals she meets on her way. She dances a jig with a pig, sleeps with a sheep, and is tickled by Neddy Buttercup who walks right side up. I loved all of the rhyming in this book and remember reading it over and over again when I was in school, until I had memorized the whole thing. The watercolor illustrations are very engaging and inviting for any age reader. Many of th...more
Joy Colclasure
This is such a fun rhyming book. I also love the illusrations in this book because the are fun and colorful. This book is also repetiative so the children can join in on the reading. This book also introduces backwards and forwards, upside down and right side up. This is a funny book. This is my first time reading it but I will read it to my class tomorrow. I know they will love this one!

Extension Activity: After reading this book I will have a ready made chart with the riddle called, "Sally Sel...more
Bailey Carlson
I personally wasn't a huge fan of this book but I know that it is one that would be great for young readers. It has rhymes and a somewhat tuneful story line that will be catchy for kids, and be something that they will want to read over and over again. This is a cumulative story about how Sally got to town walking backwards upside down. She meets a few people along the way that change the way she travels to town, until she falls asleep. The question, how will she get to town, is presented at thi...more
Wood, Audrey. Silly Sally. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. Print.
Genre: Children’s Picture Book (Rhyming)
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood is a cute story told in rhyme about a girl traveling backwards and upside down on her way to town (4). Along the way she meets a variety of different animals. This silly story has a consistent rhythm that children will enjoy. The illustrations are full of bright and bold colors, primarily yellow. The yellow provides a warm and happy feeling for the read...more
Nausheen Ukani
This is such a fun rhyming book for little ones! The illustrations are also wonderful and fun, and younger students will definitely have a good laugh and have silly questions/comments about the pictures.This book is a great resource for introducing rhyming and repetitiveness. My favorite part about this book is that students are able to join in as the teacher reads the story because much of the rhyming is repeated throughout the story. It is also an excellent way to introduce what forwards, back...more
Holly N.
The use of rhyming and spatial sense vocabulary in Silly Sally by Audrey Wood is a entertaining way to capture the interest of young children. There are lots of action and location words and repetition that young children can use to try to predict the next part of the story. This would be a great book for getting children to exercise their gross motor skills.
Yohan Choi
*It is an excellent book for children who likes to dance is filled with rhyming and rhythming words and teaches the concepts of movements!

*A little Sally and her new friends come along to join her dance is silly for young readers who like to usually do silly things!
Taylor Nolan
The book Silly Sally by Audrey Wood is printed in portrait orientation, because it is telling a story about a girl. The font that is used is very rounded and flowy, which matches the title, it is "silly." Some of the illustrations in this book are full bleed, as if the reader was taking a trip into town, just like Sally. The other illustrations are bordered, this is when a new character is introduced. I would say that the relationship between the text and images is symmetrical, and for the most...more
I used the big book version of Silly Sally for an opposites-themed bilingual story time program. It's a short, fun story about how Silly Sally got to town "walking backwards, upside down." Along the way she meets some other animals who do different actions until all the characters are fast asleep. A surprise character, named Neddy Buttercup, comes along to get them all up and back on their way to town.

I used Contrary Mary, Ines del Reves in Spanish, along with this book, and it seemed to work r...more
As I am really, really new to planning story times, I take a lot of advice from "best story time books" lists I find on various websites and in forums. I make it a point to try books even if they aren't my favorite just to see if they go over well. This didn't work for me in the case of Can You Make a Piggy Giggle, but worked beautifully for me with books by Eric Carle and with this book. There was lots of giggling as I read this, and the toddlers really seemed to react well to the art. The rhyt...more
Spencer Gold

I thought Silly Sally was a fun little story with great full pictures to look at throughout. Wood gave each characeter their own white page when introduced to the story. They also had their own little rhyme to bring out their own feature. I also enjoyed all the bright colors that were in then this story that helped show the main characters own vibrant personality.

I liked this story personally because it was silly and quirky its own way. The pictures were fun to look at too. I like the Dr. Seuss...more
Katie Larson
Silly Sally is a portrait style book and the front cover has a warm color scheme. Looking at the font on the front cover it is curvy and looks like a fun, silly book that will draw children in. Inside the book the font is times new roman and black and is defintely not the focal point. Though the story did have a rhyme scheme to it. The pictures are all different looks to them. Some pictures have borders, some are full bleed and others are just in the center of the page surrounded by white. It is...more
Elizabeth Brown
This is a great book for young children who love to be silly. This story teaches independence and for children to be themselves. It is filled with rhyming words, and teaches the concept of movement.
This book is a great book for young children who love to be silly. This story teaches independence, and to be themselves. It is filled with rhyming words, and teaches the concepts of movement.
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Audrey Wood studied art and drama at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has owned an operated a book and import store, taught chldren's drama and art, and traveled throughout Mexico and Guatemala studying Indian folk art. She now lives in Hawaii with her talented family (husband Don and son Bruce, who have both collaborated with Audrey by illustrating some of her books).
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